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WATCH: Multicare Hosts 3rd Annual Bridge to Brunch 5K

Senior Director of Marketinging and Communications for Multicare, George Hampton, joins SWX's Joe McHale to talk Bridge to Brunch 5K on October 12th. Join the fun for waffles, mimosos and espresso shots for a good cause. For more information visit:

Neighbors decry vulgar signs at ‘bikini barista’ stand in Spokane’s Hillyard neighborhood

Alicia Hoover stood at a bus stop in the Hillyard neighborhood and squinted at a street sign a block away. “Two things certain in life,” the sign read on Tuesday afternoon. “1. Death. 2. If u sleep in a tank top when u wake up one tittie will be out.” Hoover, who was on her way to a doctor’s appointment nearby, was confused – and a little offended. “I don’t know how that sells coffee,” she said, shaking her head.

Sharing flavors, experiences

A shiny samovar sits atop a tall cupboard, watching over operations at the new Caffé Affogato. Proprietor Shahrokh “Sharo” Nikfar put it up there, well-polished and in a place of honor, because it’s a family heirloom.

Spokane City Council says anti-public nudity initiative backers must gather signatures

The brewing debate about how much must be worn by baristas could be decided by voters. Three Spokane moms say they will gather signatures in hopes of asking voters to make it a misdemeanor to expose at least half of a female breast, any part of a female areola or nipple, or any part of male or female genitals or anus at any place the public has a right to be or see.

Spokane Valley City Council takes on bikini baristas

Spokane Valley City Council members said Thursday they’d like to see a new law regulating nudity at drive-thru coffee stands, just days after the Spokane City Council turned down a similar proposal. The announcement that the Spokane Valley council would create an ordinance to regulate the attire of scantily clad baristas prompted applause from the crowd at a special meeting Thursday.

Council balks at barista cover-up

Spokane City Council members Monday night rejected a proposal aimed at scantily clad baristas. The 4-2 vote against modifying unlawful public exposure laws brings an end to a passionate public debate that blurred political parties, gender and business.

Council OKs funds for development, social service groups

The Spokane Valley City Council used a new formula to award funding to economic development and social service agencies Tuesday, avoiding a protracted discussion on what organizations should be funded and how much they should get. For the first time, all 15 agencies that submitted requests received funding, although none got exactly what they wanted. Their combined requests added up to more than $270,000; the city only allocates $150,000 each year. Each agency was invited to make a 10-minute presentation before the council earlier this month.

XXXtreme Espresso draws protests

More than 200 people filled Spokane Valley City Council chambers and packed the hallways Tuesday to ask elected officials to force lingerie-clad baristas at nearby XXXtreme Espresso to cover up or move to a location out of the sight of children. Protesters said they think the laws pertaining to adult entertainment venues should apply to the drive-thru coffee stand in the 11700 block of East Sprague Avenue.

Suspect arrested in SpongeBob robbery

Coeur d’Alene Police believe they have arrested the man wearing a SpongeBob SquarePants mask during a robbery of Lean Bean Espresso.

Spongebob robber

Coeur d'Alene Police have released the video of an armed man wearing a SpongeBob SquarePants mask Wednesday evening as he robbed Lean Bean Espresso, 1207 Sherman Ave. If you have information about the robbery, call Coeur d'Alene Police at (208) 769-2320.